The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on what decisions are being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.
Clark County School District Board of Trustees
What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The CCSD Trustees are publicly elected decision-makers for the school district. They are responsible for providing oversight to the Superintendent and establishing District-wide policy. Trustees are accountable to work with their communities to improve student achievement.
How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Thursdays) at 5 pm both virtually and at the Edward A. Greer Education Center Board Room (2832 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89121).
Can community members engage at Trustee meetings? Decision-making bodies benefit greatly from hearing public input and multiple perspectives. Currently, members of the public can submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items through email or voice recording. Public comment can be provided in person, via email, or via voice recording. Email comments should be submitted to Boardmtgcomments@nv.ccsd.net. To submit a voice recording on items listed on the meeting agenda, call 702-799-1166. Voice recorded public comment is limited to 1 minute 30 seconds.
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting
Clark County School District Board of Trustees Special Meeting
What happened at this meeting?
Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items
Members of the public submitted public comment on non-agenda items regarding:
- Urging the Trustees to create an environment where children can succeed and educators thrive.
- Dissaisfaction with the current mask policy.
- Concern over ther termination of the Superinendent’s contact.
- Calls for the Board of Trustees to work respectfully with each other.
- The need for more resouces for parents in Spanish.
Click here to view written public comments on non-agenda items.
Trustees Approved Redistricting Map (6-1)
Trustees heard an overview of five possible redistricting maps, with the fourth and fifth maps added after feedback from the community, and from Trustees at the October 14th board meeting. Trustees followed the lead of community members after hearing public comment with broad support for the two new maps, which varied slightly. The fifth map was almost directly aligned to elementary school feeder boundaries.
After some discussion on the merits of the new maps, the board ultimately approved map five. One trustee voted against the motion, but clarified that this was due to the preference shared by her constituents during public comment, however, did indeed support map five. The new boundary lines will go into effect on January 5, 2022.
Click here to see the full packet of maps and associated census and school population data.
Members of the public provided comment regarding:
- Requests to include Las Vegas Academy and the Las Vegas Southern Pauite Tribe land in Distict C.
- Support for scenario four and five .
- Thanks to CCSD staff for incorporating community feedback into the creation of the new maps.
- Concerns that none of the presented maps equitably represent the AAPI commumity, but that options four and five provide the most equitable representativion realtive to the first three produced.
- Calls for CCSD redistciting maps to more closely align with Clark Couny Commission Districts, and that more collaboration between the distict and county is needed in the redisticting process.
Trustees Discussed Process to Select Interim Superintendent of Schools for CCSD
With guidance from board counsel, Trustees discuss potential pathways for selecting an Interim Superintendent, following the termination of Dr. Jesus Jara’s Contract at the October 28th board meeting, for convenience.
Trustees discussed the relevance of current Board Policy SE-07, which indicates that “the Superintendent has identified to the Board at least two other executives familiar with Board and Superintendent policies, processes and issues, who could step into the role of Interim Superintendent in an emergency.” Dr. Brenda Larsen-Mitchell, Deputy Superintendent, and Jason Goudie, Chief Financial Officer are the designees.
Trustees discussed the merits of considering the superintendent vacancy as an emergency, but do not have a board policy that officially defines the terms of an emergency.
Trustees discussed potentially posting a deadline for interested parties to submit a letter and resume to be considered as interim superintendent. They came to a consensus on the necessity for the interim to not be considered in the next full superintendent search.
Trustees did not approve a motion to collect letters of interest and resumes (3-3-1). One trustee abstained from the vote. After a motion and second were made to proceed with the interim process outlined in current board policy, the Board President motioned to adjourn the meeting. Due to public meeting rules, the vote for the motion to end the meeting took precedent over the motion on Board Policy SE-07. Trustees approved the motion to adjourn 6-1 with no decision on the process to select an interim superintendent for the district.